President Muhammadu Buhari has said zero importation of wheat into the country will be his legacy when he leaves office in 2023.
He spoke at the inauguration of the Brown Revolution of Wheat at Miango, Bassa Local Government of Plateau State recently.
He also disclosed the Federal Government was committed to continued support for the agricultural sector to ensure sustainability of food security efforts, contribute to foreign reserve and ultimately support growth of the economy.
“One legacy this administration desires to bequeath before leaving office is zero importation of wheat. To that end, we will work with all stakeholders to ensure this objective is achieved in the most impactful way for the Nigerian economy,” he said.
The private sector operators were also encouraged to key into agricultural financing initiatives provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other government agencies.
He also commended efforts of key agencies that have contributed to the progress, such as CBN, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and its agencies, the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), the Lake Chad Research Institute (LCRI) as well as Flour Mills Nigeria and other public and private sector players.
“It is important to stress that Nigeria currently spends over $2 billion on the importation of wheat yearly, one of the key contributors to the nation’s huge foreign import bill. This is because millers have had to resort to importing wheat to meet the huge demand for wheat by-products,” he stressed.
Represented by Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, Buhari said it was the determination that he keyed into agricultural financing, adding that the government would increase production of wheat.
Governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele, said food security was a major delivery for the governments across the globe, hence the CBN’s support to the efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) by providing affordable and accessible financing options to drive domestic food production.
Emefiele said the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) had remained a game changer in financing smallholder farmers through innovative funding models centred around building an effective agro-ecosystem, hinged on the value chain approach.
“It is estimated that the country only produces about one (1) per cent (63,000 metric tons) of the 5-6 million metric tons of the commodity consumed annually in Nigeria. This enormous demand-supply gap is bridged with over $2 billion spent annually on wheat importation,” he reiterated.
Emefiele pointed out that over the years, the availability of low-yielding seeds variety and poor agronomic practices had hampered successful cultivation of wheat in Nigeria, adding that that had led to low productivity, making wheat production unappealing to farmers and unattractive for private sector investment.
Burna Boy Reacts To Yonda’s Claim That His Song Caused Rift With DavidoBurna Boy Reacts To Yonda’s Claim That His Song Caused Rift With Davido 3
African giant Burna Boy has reacted to claims by Former DMW signee Yonda that his song caused the ongoing rift between superstars Burna Boy and Davido. The singer in an interview had claimed that the genesis of the rift between the superstar singers, was when Davido took a song that was meant for Burna Boy.
According to him, he wrote a song for Burna, but he slept on it and did not do anything with the song, so Davido who was his boss at the time used the lyrics in a song that eventually became a hit. Burna has now reacted to Yonda’s claim, suggesting that he spoke under the influence of hard drugs. “Must be crack”, he wrote.
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Navy places Cute Abiola on one-month punishment for ridiculing police
The Nigerian Navy has placed Abdulgafar Ahmad popularly known as Cute Abiola, on one-month ‘extra duty’ for ridiculing the Nigeria Police Force while wearing police uniform in one of his skits.
Cute Abiola, who is an Instagram comedian and a Naval Officer ,was arrested on November 15, but has been released from detention to serve his ‘light corrective punishment’ in the cantonment.
The skit-maker, is expected to end his punishment by December 15, when he would be allowed to return home to his family.
Naval spokesperson, Commodore Suleman Dahun, confirmed the development on Friday, The Punch reports.
He said that Ahmad was given a light punishment of a ‘one-month extra duty’ after a military trial.
Dahun said; “Cute Abiola has been placed on one-month extra duty after he was tried. He will be in charge of cleanship; supervising painting, electricians, carpentry, cutting of grasses, and others. He will be supervising civilians.
“He is no longer under detention. He has been released to move around to serve his punishment.
“Because he was detained on November 15, that one month will start counting from then, which means he is going to be engaged till December 15. By then, he will be off the extra duty.”
Lawyer to Cute Abiola, Fatai Adebanjo, also confirmed the development and expressed delight, saying the wife and mother of the Kwara-born comedian who had been distressed since the ordeal began would be relieved.
“We appreciate the Nigerian Navy for the consideration and we know that we are counting days for him to rejoin his family,” Adebanjo said.
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Former DMW signee Yonda has revealed that his song is the cause of the ongoing beef between superstar singers, Davido and Burna Boy. The singer in a recent interview shared that the genesis of the feud was when OBO took a song that was meant for the African giant.
According to Yonda, he wrote a song for Buna but he slept on it and didn’t do anything with it, so the 30BG boss used the lyrics in a song that eventually became a hit and it led to a feud between the two. He also revealed that on the day the Assurance singer released the said song, Burna shaded him in a tweet, saying that OBO is great because he’s from a wealthy background and not because he’s good at what he does.
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